HEARD hosts High-Level Retreat for Universal Health Coverage
The Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD), recently hosted the second in a series of high level retreats on domestic financing and prioritisation of health under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The meeting took place at the Thanda Private Game Reserve in Hluhluwe between 28 June to 1 July and aimed to create a platform for shared regional experiences and learning, to identify key entry points, to offer practical innovations, and to ultimately assist regional governments in setting actionable priorities.
A core group of former and current Ministers of Health from the eastern and southern region of Africa (ESA), academics, representatives of regional and sub-regional intergovernmental organisations, as well as high level representatives of multilateral organisations dispensed with formalities and engaged in open discussion under Chatham House Rules.
Guided by three overarching themes, the meeting revolved around planning for the transition to reduced levels of donor funding, the expansion of domestic fiscal space for health, how to accommodate expectations of larger and more effective health systems, particularly for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and toward the advancement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) under the SDGs.
The meeting outcome document will be posted on HEARD’s website.
Words by: Dr Tamaryn Crankshaw